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Drivers hope to turn Championship Series around at Motor Mile Many Top Drivers Need Good Runs in Kroger 250 Longs, SC - Last season, Clay Rogers knew he needed to get a win during the Championship Series to have any chance of winning the title.

Drivers hope to turn Championship Series around at Motor Mile
Many Top Drivers Need Good Runs in Kroger 250

Longs, SC - Last season, Clay Rogers knew he needed to get a win during the Championship Series to have any chance of winning the title. Now, Rogers hopes his luck hits the same place twice.

Rogers, who currently sits outside the top-10 in the Championship Series points standings, will try to make it two in a row at Motor Mile Speedway when the track hosts the Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 presented by ProMedia, Inc./Americar Automotive Group on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Rogers, who has already won earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway, led a race-high 138 laps en route to victory in last season's event. But there will be over 40 drivers fighting Rogers for the win at the picturesque track in southwest Virginia.

The race is the fourth of five Championship Series events to be held in 2005. And after the Kroger 250, the table should be set on who has a legitimate shot at taking the title at Lakeland in the season-ending event.

While Benny Gordon, who carries a 52-point advantage over Gary St. Amant in overall points, enters as one of the favorites to make it to victory lane after winning two of the past three races held at the track, Jeff Agnew is one who really looks forward to heading home. Gordon enters this weekend

Agnew, who has won a series-high three poles at his home track but yet to visit victory lane, hopes a November win in front of all his longtime fans could put him in the hunt for his second title.

"We have always seemed to run good at Motor Mile," said Agnew. "But for one reason or another, we always have something happen that keeps us out of victory lane. It would be special to win there. But if we get a win during the Championship Series that could help us be in position to race for the title at Lakeland."

Agnew currently sits third in the points standings after three events and is coming off a strong, second-place finish at Myrtle Beach, giving him confidence that he can put his Hooters NGA Pro Golf Tour Ford in victory lane. Agnew, the 1998 Hooters Pro Cup champion, currently trails Gordon by just 58 points going into Motor Mile.

"We know how to get around that track good enough to win," added Agnew. "We just need a little help in how things play out during the race. And if that happens, hopefully we can have a chance at the end of the race."

Activities for the Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 presented by ProMedia, Inc./Americar Automotive Group at Motor Mile Speedway begin Saturday with front gates opening at 2:30 p.m. with qualifying for the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award beginning at 3:30 p.m. Immediately following qualifying, the track will be open for fans to come down and meet Agnew, Gordon or any of the drivers in the Kroger 250 during our on-track autograph session. Start time for the Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 is 6 p.m. For more information please contact Motor Mile Speedway at 540-639-1700.

WHAT: Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 pres. ProMedia, Inc./Americar Automotive Group
Race #29 of 30 (Championship Race 4 of 5)

WHERE:                 Motor Mile Speedway - Radford, VA

.416-mile, high-banked asphalt oval

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 6 p.m. (ET)

DISTANCE: 250 Laps/104 Miles

POSTED AWARDS: $135,291 (Includes $36,800 Point Fund)

STARTING FIELD: 36 car starting field. 38 cars possible. Fastest 36 cars through time trials. One Provisional position possible for a driver who finished in the final Top-15 regular season in their respective division. Only one provisional allowed per division (only if necessary).

TELEVISION:                         SPEED Channel, Saturday, November 19, 2005 (10:00 p.m. ET)

SPEED Channel, Friday, November 25, 2005 (12 Noon ET)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Saturday, November 5, 2005:
10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Pro Cup Practice
2:30 p.m. Front Gates Open
3:30 p.m. Pro Cup Qualifying Time Trials
4:45 p.m. Autograph Session
5:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
6 p.m. Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 pres. ProMedia, Inc./Americar Automotive Group

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